Jackson MS isn’t at the top of most people’s must visit family travel destination spots, but it is one of the most kid friendly places our family has been.
We lived in Mississippi for about two years and it was so hard for me to leave when it came time to move. Beyond the nearly perfect weather – aside from a brief “cold” period in February and a brief super hot period around July – Mississippi was a place that I found easy, pleasant and fun to explore with my twins.
Here are 12 things you should do with your kids when you visit Jackson, MS – or 15 reasons you should add this spot to your family’s bucket list.
12 Most Kid Friendly Things to do in the Jackson MS Area
Jackson is the major city and where a lot of the bigger attractions are, however it is not a huge metropolis and it is pretty easy to move between the city and the suburbs that surround the city.
- Bike Ride or Walk on Natchez Trace Parkway
- Play at the amazing Mississippi Children’s Museum
- Lick a treat from Deep South Pops to cool off.
- Play on one of the fantastic playgrounds. The ones at Old Trace Park, Winner’s Circle Park and Liberty Park are our favorites.
- Explore the Mississippi Petrified Forest
- Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
- Explore a part of history at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum
- Walk the trails at the Clinton Nature Center and don’t miss the Outdoor Natural Playground.
- Learn about art with your kiddos at the Free Look and Learn with Hoot event every month at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
- Watch a Mississippi Braves baseball game (don’t miss the fun kids area and when they invite the kids to run the bases at the end of each game)
- Visit the Jackson Zoo. Make sure you save time for the awesome splash pad and fun train ride.
- Visit the Lemuria Bookstore and check out their well stocked kids area.
Plan for sunshine, beautiful blue skies and sweet people everywhere you go. Nowhere we have lived have I felt more okay bringing my kids along than Mississippi. And make sure to drink a glass of sweet tea for me!
Erin Buhr writes about her adventures with twins, a food allergy and cystic fibrosis on her blog Bambini Travel. Her book (aff link) Little Walks Big Adventures was released March 1. She lives in San Diego. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, & Pinterest.